Storms and Fear
Storms come in all shapes and sizes. The one that comes to mind the most often are thunderstorms. However, tropical, lightning, flood, snow, ice and hurricane are just another few types of storms that exist. Some are scarier than others, and some are more of a nuisance than anything.
Did you know that tropical storms are given names before hurricane season begins? They have to get pre-approved by the World Meteorological Organization and can be repeated after six years. If there is a storm that causes major destruction, that name is retired permanently and replaced with a different one.
Astraphobia is the extreme fear of thunder and lightning. While children and adults suffer from this fear, animals do as well. This causes them to run and hide or howl. Did you know that often times, pets can sense a storm coming before we can? That could be why it always seems quiet outside before a storm hits, pets are busy looking for shelter and a place to hide. Your pet may hide under blankets, pace a lot, tremble or pant when a storm is either coming or already happening. Be fearless knowing that no matter the type of storm, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help!